Friday, February 6, 2015

Of Moons and Elephants

As some of you may know, I have been photographing the full moon quite avidly over the past couple of years. It all started when I noticed a fabulous full moon rising as I drove home after my late husband's funeral in April 2013.........so I stopped and took a photograph of it, driven by some compulsion I didn't quite understand, to do so. The next month, there it was again, visible in a clear sky. I might add, that in Tasmania, given that we have a lot of "weather", the full moon is often not visible because of cloud. But astoundingly, for 23 months I have been able to photograph the full moon clearly visible each and every time. It is quite unbelievable to me that I have been able to do so. There have been eclipses and "blood moons", enormous orange harvest moons and she is differently beautiful each time. I have become very moon-aware.

A few nights ago, I recorded the Twenty-third Moon. Next month will be the twenty-fourth......two years of full moons. If she is visible next month, I will take the last of these photographs - I think they have served some arcane purpose and I probably will have got something out of my system - I'm not actually sure quite what!





The different moods of the twenty-third moon.

Back to more down-to-earth matters:  a bit over a year ago, I worked out how to knit a little elephant using four needles and knitting in the round - I wrote down the bare instructions in a kind of knitters' shorthand, then promptly mislaid them. Recently, I found them again, so I knitted up another little elephant. This time I positioned him on all fours instead of with "arms" and legs like a teddy-bear. I've had a few requests to offer this as a pattern, so that means knitting another one and taking progress photos. I will then be able to offer this little elephant as a downloadable PDF pattern in my Etsy store (www.susiemcmahon.etsy.com). Needless to say, I find knitted toys so very comforting and such FUN to make. 
I have a few other ideas for PDF tutorials for my store that I plan to work on in the next few months.

The knitting pattern - found!

Elephant in progress

Finished!

On my hand , to show scale.








9 comments:

Pamela Davis said...

Sadly then, an end to your moon gazing and picture taking then. Heavy sigh, I have watched her in your photography taking her positions in both night and morning skies. Hugz, I know that whatever catches your artist eye will be as beautiful as the moon and her flights across the heavens as surely it is a sign from your true love. All is well until thee both shall meet again!♡

Susan McMahon said...

Well......maybe I won't stop, Pamela - it has become quite a major thing in my life, but I don't think I'll be bothered too much if I can't see it one month!

FairiesNest said...

I have loved your moon photos, the beauty of the universe has been a balm for my grief this past year as well. Thank you for sharing your journey with us.

SympleTymes Cloth Art By Sherrie Nordgren said...

I Hope you don't stop your wonderful important pictures of our moon. What IS happening with our m00n is very Biblical..your pictures are a delight to see

Tami @ Lemon Tree Tales said...

Your elephant is so sweet and reminds me of the vintage toys that children used to play with. :-)

Yve said...

I love your photos, the moon has been a silent friend to me for most of my life. I don't know why i find it so soothing too look at in a starry sky, or best of all peaking out behind racing clouds on stormy nights, but it always calms me. it's nice to think it was having the same benign effect on you a whole world away :o)

Susan McMahon said...

Thanks all for your lovely comments! I'm glad you like my moon pics - I was starting to think they might be getting a little repetitive......although she always presents such different faces! And yes - knitted toys do have that "vintage childhood" feel to them - perhaps that's why I like them so much!

Dianne said...

The elephant is adorable.

Susan McMahon said...

Thanks Dianne!

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